“… painting Central Park is a challenge because there’s so many paintings of it and everyone has their own personalized visual. But I thought if I just paint it in my own way, it’s going to be unique.” —Stipan Tadić
This was the way we began our Winter 2023 Quarterly, with a quote from Croatian-born, NYC-based painter, Stipan Tadić. The quote seemed quite apt, as he was talking about a confidence in seeing, to paint something everyone knows but not everyone has seen your own version of it. And that is what Stipan does. He paints NYC streets as if they have never been seen before, with a keen eye that blends comics, humor, nostalgia, mystery and good-old-fashioned painterly skill.
We sat down with Stipan as the Winter issue was dropping, speaking with him about that keen eye to see what others see but attempt to reimagine it in your own voice, the fun in his work, his upcoming shows in Croatia and NYC and his penchant for going out at night. The city is like a video game in Stipan’s work, and we love watching him play the whole landscape.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV’s Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 101 was recorded in NYC in November 2022. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz